Tooke Talk: Chris Turner Memorial Shield

Like most small bush rugby league clubs, the Boorowa Rovers struggle for every dime to keep their side afloat each year in a market where to win a premiership these days, deep pockets are needed. But like so many rugby league clubs, Boorowa recognises that it’s not just about the money, it’s about the love of the game.

For the past three seasons, the Boorowa Rovers have held a special day each March to support the well known charity “Beyond Blue” in its continual battle against depression. In early 2015, the club lost one of its favourite sons, Chris Turner, to this debilitating illness.

Chris also played for the UC Grizzlies and together with the Boorowa Rovers, these two teams now play an annual trial game for the Chris Turner Memorial Shield. Both the Rovers and the UC Grizzlies are now in the George Tooke Shield making this clash even more interesting.

Together, these two teams have raised considerable funds in the thousands of dollars over the past three seasons with the annual day and night proving extremely successful. Funds have been raised, friendships have been forged and a mate is remembered as the continual battle against this illness is fought.

The Boorowa Rovers are looking at a very successful season this year with some smart recruitment and some promising local players coming through the junior ranks. Win lose or draw, they will always hold that one special day each March when we all remember that despite the importance of winning a premiership and spending whatever it takes to win a crown, it really is only a game, the greatest game of all.

Rover and Out, -Sandboy